New International Version
"It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
King James Bible
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Darby Bible Translation
Bad! bad! saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
World English Bible
"It's no good, it's no good," says the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.
Young's Literal Translation
'Bad, bad,' saith the buyer, And going his way then he boasteth himself.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer - How apt are men to decry the goods they wish to purchase, in order that they may get them at a cheaper rate; and, when they have made their bargain and carried it off, boast to others at how much less than its value they have obtained it! Are such honest men? Is such knavery actionable? Can such be punished only in another world? St. Augustine tells us a pleasant story on this subject: A certain mountebank published, in the full theater, that at the next entertainment he would show to every man present what was in his heart. The time came, and the concourse was immense; all waited, with deathlike silence, to hear what he would say to eaeh. He stood up, and in a single sentence redeemed his pledge: -
Vili vultis Emere, et Caro Vendere.
You all wish to Buy Cheap, and Sell Dear."
He was applauded; for every one felt it to be a description of his own heart, and was satisfied that all others were similar. "In quo dicto levissimi scenici omnes tamen conscientias invenerunt suas.' - De Trinitate, lib. xiii., c. 3; Oper. vol. vii., col. 930.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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LibraryBread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Sluggard's Reproof
The Tears of the Penitent.
How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
The time has come! The day has arrived! Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller grieve, for my wrath is on the whole crowd.
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